Making clinical audit data transparent
In his transparency and open data letter to Cabinet Ministers on 7 July 2011, the Prime Minister made a commitment to make clinical audit data available from the national audits within the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme.
Each year data from the National Oesophago-gastric Cancer Audit will be made available in CSV format. The data are also being made available on the data.gov website.
What information is being made available?
Audit participation by NHS Trust and data completeness for the key fields.
Measures about the process of care given to patients.
Information about care outcomes and treatment.
Trusts and Networks are identified by name and their national code. These data do not list individual patient information, nor do they contain any patient identifiable data.
The National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit covers the quality of care given to patients with Oesophago-Gastric (OG) cancer. The audit evaluates the process of care and the outcomes of treatment for all OG cancer patients, both curative and palliative. From April 2012, the audit has been extended to include patients with Oesophageal High-Grade Glandular Dysplasia (HGD).
The National Oesophago-gastric Cancer Audit is a high profile, collaborative, national clinical audit for oesophago-gastric cancer run jointly by The Health and Social Care Information Centre, The Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (AUGIS), British Society of Gastroenterologists (BSG) and The Clinical Effectiveness Unit at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
The audit aims to improve the quality of care and survival of patients with Oesophago-gastric cancer. It meets the requirements as set out in the NHS Cancer Plan and NICE guidelines.
The National Oesophago-gastric Cancer Audit 2010/11 covers the time period from 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2011 and only Hospital sites within England are included.